The League to Save Lake Tahoe, Sierra Watch, and the Mountain Area Preservation celebrate a court decision handed down Monday that halts the controversial Martis Valley West Project, a massive North Tahoe development proposal.
Placer County Superior Court issued an order to vacate and set aside Placer County’s 2016 approvals of the project, focusing on Placer County’s failure to provide sufficient analysis of the project’s impacts on emergency evacuation, such as in the event of a wildfire. The proposed project is located in a very high severity fire zone.
The conservation groups contend that the region’s community will benefit from the stoppage of a project that would threaten public safety, the local environment and Lake Tahoe.
The project called for 760 single-family homes in an area located off Highway 267 between Northstar California Resort and Tahoe Basin boundary.
“Martis Valley West posed a grave threat to the integrity of our natural environment and public safety for Tahoe locals and visitors by proposing a luxury home subdivision in a high severity-wildfire danger zone. This victory elevates the need for better land use planning in our region, knowing the importance of our fragile natural resources in and around the Tahoe Basin,” said Alexis Ollar, Mountain Area Preservation’s Executive Director.